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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Looked.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Looked.A
Technical name:W32/Looked.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , through shared network resources, by infecting files that are then distributed.
Affected platforms:

MS-DOS; Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:June 18, 2006
Detection updated on:May 14, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Looked.A is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: causes system slowdowns; downloads or drops other malware on the computer: Gavir.B.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It injects itself in running processes.

 

Looked.A uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.